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How boat, motorcycle owners can avoid soaring gas prices

POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 4:57pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Some oil agencies are predicting gas prices could hit $5 by the end of the summer.

Enough to make some reconsider their mode of transportation.

"Ride a bicycle," said Coy Morris, motorcycle technician.

AAA Texas reported travelers will pay about $50 for a 14-gallon tank.

That's $2 higher than what travelers paid last year.

But for motor sport companies a price hike at the pump isn't a major concern.

"We don't anticipate it. If it would get over $4 a gallon and stay there for a long period of time, yea I think it's going to take some money out of people's pockets," said Ken Sorley, owner of Waco Yamaha.

"Motorcycles get more, better gas mileage than cars do and so last time the gas prices shot up our sales shot up too," said Morris.

But before you exchange your gas-guzzlers or cancel your fishing trips, a tune-up may be all you need.

"Keep the service current on it. We get people in every once in a while that say my boat is using more fuel or my motorcycle doesn't run correctly it's been and it's been that way six, eight months or a year, well obviously it needs a tune-up or it needs some kind of service," said Sorley.

Another way to save a few bucks, keep it local.

"Instead of traveling so much with a boat they stay at a local area lakes and of course that's great, we are blessed in Waco to have lakes that are full," said Sorley.

He said the increased efficiency and high performance of boats and motorcycles also give you more bang for your buck.

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